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Meall a' Bhuachaille


Quick Facts
This is the height of the mountain above sea level. However, on the climb, it is the ascent that matters, i.e. the sum of all the uphill parts of the route.
810 m (2657 ft)

This is the standard notation used on Ordnance Survey Landranger maps.

Each reference consists of two letters identifying a 100,000 metre square block then three digits defining the Easting and finally the three digits defining the Northing with reference to the South West corner of the block.

NN166712 is the grid reference for the summit of Ben Nevis. Where you are given the map number ( For Ben Nevis = 41) it is acceptable to omit the two initial letters e.g. 166712. (Instructions on how to read the references are given on the OS maps).

Grid Ref.
An indication of this mountains height rank within its class. Where two mountains share the same height they are ordered alphabetically.
140 of 222 Corbetts
The number of ascent routes currently available on Munromagic.
Mountain names are usually in Gaelic, the native language of the Scottish Highlands, or have been derived from the old Scots and Norse languages. We give the most commonly accepted meaning, but accept that some of these are disputed.
Shepherd's hill

The UK is covered by 204 Ordnance Survey Landranger 1:50,000 scale maps. Maps numbered 1 to 86 cover Scotland but for the highest mountains (Munros) only 23 maps are required. The name given roughly describes the area covered by the map.

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  36   Grantown & Aviemore, Cairngorm Mountains

A description of the characteristics of the mountain including any hazards of which you should be aware.

Meall a' Bhuachaille is the most E of four peaks on the ridge to the N of Glenmore Forest Park, the other peaks being Creagan Gorm (732m), un-named top (711m) and then Craiggowrie (687m) to the NW.

It is recommended that you walk the whole ridge, but as paths approach the summit of Meall a' Bhuachaille from Ryvoan Bothy to the E and to the col between Meall a' Bhuachaille and Creagan Gorm from the S, there is a pleasant circuit of Meall a' Bhuachaille alone.

Hazards you may encounter on Meall a' Bhuachaille include
General Considerations
 Temperature decreases by 1degree C for every 100m of ascent.
 Wind usually increases with altitude.
 Visibility can change markedly with cloud level.
 River/Stream levels can increase markedly in one day.
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Cairngorms * Monadhliath
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East Highlands
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Beinn Mheadhoin
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 Routes that include Meall a' Bhuachaille
  Ascent Distance Time Including... Description Rating
1 799 m 16.29 km 5 hrs Meall a' Bhuachaille  An ascent on moderately steep slopes which can be extended to an excellent ridge walk. Navigation through forest required.  

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Meall a' Bhuachaille Jan'15

© Mike Blake

Image by Mike Blake

Me & Ted

© Paul Burgess

Image by Paul Burgess

Me and John Donnelly and Alba at the Summit of Meall a Bhuachaille 24/11/2012 after having climbed Creag Mhor

© David Peden

Image by David Peden

27th August 2012

© Oliver Bartrum

Image by Oliver Bartrum
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scott mitchell on 28 Dec 2019

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Alistair David MacLeod
wrote on
December 19, 2013
"Climbed" it on 28/11/13. Fine coign of vantage with magnificent panoramas, but has the feel of "big Pentlands" or The Knock at Crieff or Ben Vrackie - good for walking the dog on a Sunday afternoon. This "tamed" feel is accentuated by the made paths, c2008?, funded by RSPB subs? (I'm not a subscriber) all the way, using the route via Ryvoan. The hill path is now showing signs of erosion in places. Glenmore Lodge at the bottom is handy for a pint on completion. They also do bar meals. I hadn't realised they're open to Joe Public - you don't have to be on a course.
Stephen Martin
wrote on
August 23, 2010
Gem of a hill,views are superb all round 360*. Paths are excellent. A must do hill.
Chris Bowles
wrote on
March 26, 2008
This hill is worth the climb just for the views of the Cairngorms. Furthermore the ascent from Ryvoan Bothy is extremely easy with a newly repaired track that assists the walker. Also its a short circular route, I took 4 hours without going onto Craiggowrie, and descended via the Glenmore Forest Park arriving back at the Reindeer centre.
Leon Mooney
wrote on
September 27, 2007
Climbed as part of a training course at Glenmore Lodge. Walked from the Lodge to Ryvoan bothy, then up the path to the large sheltered cairn. Descended down the south ridge and navigated back to the Lodge through Queen's Forest using tracks and fire breaks. Great view of the Cairngorms at the summit.

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